To Motivate Students:

  1. Create useful and relevant learning experiences based on the age group and interests of your learners
    Emphasis on: practical knowledge, immediate relevancy
  2. Facilitate exploration
    Emphasis on: curiosity, opportunity to construct knowledge use of all sorts of materials, references, infographics, short videos, …
  3. Build community and integrate social media
    Emphasis on:  collaboration, commenting and sharing,  facilitate group discussions and exchanging knowledge, …
  4. A voice behind the video is not enough
    Add a personal touch. Your course needs to have a face. Make yourself available to people.
  5. Challenge through games
    Use different problem solving exercises and case studies. Make your learners look for and find solutions.
  6. Use humor
    Humour would work great even with the most demotivated learners on your course.
  7. Chunk information
    Chunking is essential, as it helps people remember and assimilate information. Small bits are easier to process.
  8. Add suspense
    Don’t give out everything your course is about in the beginning.
  9. Accommodate individual interests and career goals
    Empower learners to work on these goals and individualize the training to suit their needs.
  10. Stimulate your learners
    Encourage them to think by either providing them with brain teasers, or by asking thought-provoking questions.
  11. Let learning occur through mistakes
    According to a German proverb “you will become clever through your mistakes“, and for sure “practice makes perfect“.
  12. Make it visually-compelling
    Did you know that 83% of learning occurs visually?
  13. Get Emotional
    If you don’t sound inspiring, if your materials are not exciting, how will you motivate your learners? Get them emotionally involved too – come up with controversial statements, tap on memories, add real-life stories.
  14. Get examples relevant to the learners’  environment
    Your learners may not always remember to associate what is learned with its application at the workplace.
  15. Be respectful to them 
  16. Ask for feedback
    It is motivating to know that your opinion contributes to the course.
  17. Present the benefits of undertaking the course
    I don’t know why I didn’t start with this one. Sometimes outlining the benefits is all it takes.
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